trong1The Leavers.

trong2St Sebastian (After Guido Reni).

tr2Win, Win (green coral), 2013

Trong Gia Nguyen is a multi-disciplinary artist who splits his time between Brooklyn and Ho Chi Minh City. His work is concerned with examining and shaking structures of power as they relate to the dynamics of culture and politics. He has produced everything from iPhone applications (Metaphysical GPS) to installation, film, painting, sculpture, performances, and web-based actions. Trong Gia Nguyen was the Winner of the 2015 Pulse Prize, during Art Basel Miami Beach 2015.

‘The Leavers’ series : Inspired by Nguyen’s documentary film project about his family, these colorful and playful paintings belie a deep reflection on history, culture, and the psyche of those uprooted and transplanted to foreign lands. Sourced from old family photographs, the paintings depict coloring book images that have been filled in but with the black outlines removed, suggesting the skewed ways in which we remember, shape, and colorize the past.

St. Sebastian is dartboard shaped like Reni’s depiction of the martyred saint, by way of an arrowed assassination. Nguyen playfully invites viewers to take aim and re-examine their own sadistic, human tendencies.